Mercedes-Benz made history when 12 of its four-wheel drive models became the first cars to traverse the UK without using roads on record.
The vehicles that took on the 65-mile journey were a mixture of GLE, GLS and G-Class models. The trail took them across the Scottish Highlands, over the course of two days.
The vehicles were all standard UK cars, fitted with road-legal 'mud tyres', but with no modifications apart from the removal of side steps where fitted.
Leading the expedition was the G-Class, which has been combining off-road ability with luxury since 1979. Its permanent 4MATIC all-wheel drive, low-range gearbox and three fully lockable differentials ensure are ideal for all terrain. It would need this to take on everything the Highlands would throw at it; from gravel and rock to wet grass, rivers and the mud.
Also in the pack were a selection of GLS's. Although they're kitted with quilted leather massage seats, the off-road package ensures it is equally at home off the beaten track. This adds a centre differential lock; protective underbody paneling, a low-range gearbox, fully manual mode for the automatic transmission, special off-road programming and an extra three selectable ride heights for the standard air suspension.
Article by Rebecca Chaplin